Sunday, March 3, 2013

News 3.3.2013

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News Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

By: Ian Willoughby

* A memorial service was held on Sunday for the victims of an explosion
in an apartment building in Frenstat pod Radhostem.

* A Civic Democrat senator says a motion to file a treason complaint
against Vaclav Klaus is intended to force the outgoing president out of
politics.

* The police have shelved an investigation into the publication of the
mobile telephone numbers of politicians by an art group.

* The film Ve stinu (In the Shadow) has swept the boards at the Czech
Lion awards.

* The Czech runner Pavel Maslak has taken gold in the 400 metres at the
European Indoor Championships.



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Thousand attend memorial for victims of apartment building explosion
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Around a thousand people attended an ecumenical memorial service on
Sunday for the victims of a gas explosion in an apartment building in
the north Moravian town of Frenstat pod Radhostem. Police believe that
the blast, which occurred two weeks ago, was started deliberately by
one of the building's residents, who was among the six people killed.
Three of the dead were children. The outdoor service was attended by
people from the town and residents of the local area.


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Kubera: motion to file treason complaint against Klaus aimed at ending
his political career
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The head of the Civic Democrats' senators group, Jaroslav Kubera, says
a cross-party motion to file a treason complaint against Vaclav Klaus
is intended to vilify the outgoing president in such a way that he
quits politics. Speaking on a TV debate show ahead of a vote on the
motion on Monday, Mr. Kubera said his Senate colleagues were "going
after a fly with a shotgun". The challenge's backers want the
Constitutional Court to rule on whether Mr. Klaus acted
unconstitutionally in connection with a controversial amnesty and other
steps. For his part, Jiri Dientsbier - one of those behind the move -
said the aim was not to punish Mr. Klaus but to make clear that the
Senate would not stand for unconstitutional behavior. The president,
who is 71, steps down on Thursday after a decade in office.


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Police shelve investigation of publication of politicians' numbers by
art group
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The police have shelved an investigation into the publication of the
mobile telephone numbers of politicians by the provocative art group
Ztohoven, Lidovky.cz reported on Sunday. While the police say no crime
was committed, they have passed the matter on to the Office for the
Protection of Personal Data, the news site said. In November, Ztohoven
invited visitors to a Prague gallery to send anonymous messages to the
country's politicians on an untraceable mobile phone. The group have
frequently come into conflict with the law; one member, Roman Tyc, was
imprisoned for a month last year after amending traffic lights to show
the red and green figures in various poses.


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Ve stinu sweeps boards at annual Czech film awards ceremony
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The film Ve stinu (In the Shadow) has swept the boards at the Czech
Lions, the country's annual movie awards ceremony. After being
nominated in 11 categories, Ve stinu picked up prizes in nine -
including Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Screenplay - at
a ceremony at Prague's Lucerna on Saturday night. A lifetime's
achievement award was presented to veteran art director Karel Cerny,
who won an Academy Award for his work on the 1984 Milos Forman movie
Amadeus.


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Maslak takes gold in 400m in Gothenburg
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The Czech runner Pavel Maslak has taken gold in the 400 metres at the
European Indoor Championships in Sweden's Gothenburg. In doing so,
Maslak - who was in front for virtually the entire race on Sunday - set
a new national record of 45.66 seconds; that was also the fastest time
achieved in Europe this season.


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Malaysian Open win gives Pliskova, 20, first WTA title
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The Czech tennis player Karolina Pliskova has won her first WTA title.
The 20-year-old recovered from a poor start to beat Bethanie
Mattek-Sands of the United States 1-6 7-5 6-3 in the final of the
Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. It was the first time that
Pliskova, ranked 127th in the world, had reached the final of a WTA
tournament.


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Sunday marks 130th anniversary of birth of photographer Drtikol
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Sunday is the 130th anniversary of the birth of the internationally
renowned Czech photographer Frantisek Drtikol. Drtikol, who studied in
Munich, is known for his portraits, frequently of important people, and
nudes, with his use of geometric decorations and shadows in composite
portraits of nudes reflecting avant-garde trends in the interwar
period. While interested in esoteric philosophy, he was also an active
member of the Communist Party in the latter years of his life.


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Weather
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There should be a good deal of sunshine around the Czech Republic in
the coming days. Temperatures are expected to reach a maximum of 10
degrees Celsius.







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